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By Aci Prensa (ACI/EWTN Noticias)

12/6/2013 (1 year ago)

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El portavoz de la Conferencia Episcopal de Sud谩frica, Padre Similo Mngadi, asegur贸 esta ma艅ana que la muerte de Nelson Mandela, ha sido una gran p茅rdida para todo el mundo y los cat贸licos del pa铆s.

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By Aci Prensa (ACI/EWTN Noticias)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

12/6/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Africa


ROMA (ACI/EWTN Noticias) - "Mandela te hac铆a sentir humano y querer ser humano. Para los cat贸licos y su libertad, si lo definiera en una palabra, ser铆a: reconciliaci贸n. El era un punto de cohesi贸n. Fue un hombre bueno que supo unir a todo el mundo", declar贸 el 6 de diciembre el P. Mngadi a ACI Prensa.

A la edad de 95 a艅os la vida de Mandela se apag贸 ayer en su casa de Johanesburgo, a las 08:50 p.m., despu茅s de pasar cinco meses ingresado en hospital de Pretoria a causa de una infecci贸n pulmonar.

"La muerte ha tocado a todo el pueblo, 茅l era un icono para todo el mundo, y trabaj贸 en el pasado con varios cardenales de la Iglesia Cat贸lica y ha seguido trabajando hasta nuestros d铆as", a艅adi贸 el vocero de la Conferencia Episcopal.

En efecto Mandela fue un gran amigo de un sacerdote cat贸lico que con el tiempo, llegar铆a a ser nombrado Arzobispo de la Ciudad del Cabo, Mons. Stephen Naidoo que falleci贸 en 1989.

Mandela sent贸 las bases de una nueva democracia en el pa铆s sudafricano, por ser el l铆der de la lucha por la abolici贸n del apartheid, el sistema de segregaci贸n racial reinante en Sud谩frica que se mantuvo en vigor hasta el a艅o 1993.

Tras estar preso por m谩s de 27 a艅os cumpliendo una condena que inicialmente era de por vida, Mandela fue liberado, recibi贸 el Premio Nobel de la Paz y fue elegido democr谩ticamente Presidente de Sud谩frica entre los a艅os 1994 y 1999, dedicando la mayor parte de su mandato a la reconciliaci贸n nacional.

En una carta enviada en 1984 desde la c谩rcel a su amigo el Obispo de Naidoo, Mandela reconoc铆a que el compromiso de la Iglesia Cat贸lica con los derechos humanos y en asuntos de justicia social le sirvieron de inspiraci贸n durante el cautiverio.

El 16 de septiembre de 1995 el Papa Juan Pablo II visitaba al Presidente Mandela en Johannesburgo, y tres a艅os m谩s tarde el mandatario sudafricano le devolv铆a la visita a la Ciudad del Vaticano. En ambos encuentros Mandela se refiri贸 al Beato Juan Pablo II como "mi hermano".

La raz贸n de la temporada: Haga clic aqu铆 para saber m谩s!

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